Quiz – Don’t Make Rash Moves

Parents are likely to laugh at the idea of making their two-year old not scratch a nagging itch, but that that struggle can be a daily reality for children who suffer from eczema. Take our quiz to learn more. Answers are below:

1. Atopic eczema is a hypersensitivity reaction in the skin, and is the most common type. What skin change occurs with eczema?
A. Blisters
B. Skin redness or inflammation
C. Ear discharge
D. All of the above


2. Eczema is most common in infants.
A. True
B. False


3. People with eczema tend to have skin that flares up more during what time of year?
A. Summer
B. Fall
C. Winter
D. Spring
E. Picture Day at school


4. Treatment and prevention of eczema involves only caring for the skin and avoiding allergy triggers.
A. True
B. False


5. Which of the following is a good way to treat eczema at home?
A. Keeping the skin moist with ointments, creams, or lotions
B. Avoiding strong soaps or detergents
C. Taking shorter, cooler baths
D. Not wearing wool or using cosmetics with lanolin (also known as wool wax).
E. All of the above


Answers:

 1. D. All of the above. Other symptoms may include coloring changes in the skin and raw areas that come from scratching.

2. A. True. The condition also tends to run in families. In children, eczema often clears beginning around age 5 or 6, but flare-ups can occur.

3. Winter, when the air is cold and dry.

4. B. False. Stress can also make eczema worse. Controlling nervousness, anxiety, and depression can help in some cases.

5. E. All of the above. Another helpful practice is to use a cold compress on the skin and take antihistamines to reduce severe itching 
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